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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Trilogy

At the turn of the ‘80s and ‘90s, four adolescent, martial arts wielding amphibians and their rodent sensei were the biggest thing.  Who’d have thought that an indie comic originally made to make fun of Frank Miller and D...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Rapture Palooza

Like The Rapture itself, which let’s be honest is supposed to happen every couple of years, Rapture Palooza comes at the same time as a slurry of other comedic apocalypses.  First we had Franco et al’s This Is The End and then ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Creepshow

While Marvel and DC have always dominated the market for superhero comics, the American market for non-superhero comics used to belong to a company known as Entertainment Comics, EC for short. Unlike Marvel and DC, EC made thei...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Stand Up Guys

Once was a time when having Al Pacino and Christopher Walken on the poster, as Stand Up Guys can boast, would have been the guarantee of box office plenty and probably an armful of gongs come awards season. But time passes. Nei...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Much Ado About Nothing

Old William Shakespeare is never far from Hollywood’s to do list as this new adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing demonstrates.  What is more surprising is it was made during a two-week hiatus director Joss Whedon had after wra...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Populaire

Debut director Régis Roinsard presents touch-typing as a romantic conceit in semi–successful Populaire, his 50s repackaging of My Fair Lady as a sports movie. The plot follows Rose (Déborah François), a modern-minded mademoisel...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Kings Of Summer

It would be easy to liken The Kings Of Summer to Stand By Me and 2011’s brilliant Belgian film The Giants.  While it does resemble both of these, with its summer setting, coming of age angst and youth in revolt mannerism, it ow...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Last American Virgin

Anyone who hasn’t seen an early 1980’s American high school comedy before could do worse than to imagine a cross between Back to the Future and American Pie – the former will give you an idea of the outfits (although The Last A...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Love is All You Need

When you see the cover for Love is All You Need you realise that this could be one of only two films; a Beatles themed musical or a middle aged romantic comedy. Whilst the latter of those is true, Love is All You Need offers mu...
 
 
 
 
 
 

I’m So Excited!

Pedro Almodovar is, without a question, one of the great European film directors. A Product of Franco’s Spain, Almodovar began his career in the early 1970s as a pioneer of countercultural theatre and experimental cinema. Flamb...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Nowhere

If people actually cared about the youth culture of the 1990s then directors like Larry Clark and Gregg Araki would be household names. Instead, they are cruelly under-rated figures whose greatest works dip in and out of print ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Look Of Love

A personal passion project of Steve Coogan’s, The Look of Love reunites him with director Michael Winterbottom (24 Hour Party People, The Trip) to tell the tragicomic true story of Paul Raymond, the man who built a fortune on e...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Inseparable

Li (Daniel Wu – One Night In Mongkok, The Banquet, The Man With The Iron Fists) hasn’t had an easy time lately.  Under pressure at work with a looming deadline of his report prior to his company’s latest produ...
 
 
 
 
 
 

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone

The Incredible Burt Wonderstone examines the interesting premise of traditional versus modern magic with a generous dusting of comedy, but with a weak plotline despite boasting a collective of writers including Horrible Bosses’...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Robot And Frank

Oh to be a fly on the wall in the pitch meeting for Robot And Frank.  “It’s about a former cat burglar who is given a robot that helps him continue to steal.”  The executive producers’ faces must have lit up;  “And it will star...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Identity Thief

On the surface it appears all the ingredients for a ripe comedy are present in Seth ‘Horrible Bosses’ Gordon’s new comedy Identity Thief. Jason Bateman, pre-Arrested Development return and Bridesmaid’s finest Melissa McCarthy i...
 
 
 
 
 
 

This Is 40

This Is 40 is the pseudo spin-off come sequel to 2007’s Knocked Up.  Remember Knocked Up, the film about a chubby, stoner slacker who hooks up with an E! TV presenter and gets her pregnant?  It was fun, a bit of a giggle and mo...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Foxy Brown

After 39 years of roaming the standard definition-wilderness, Foxy Brown is finally given the chance to strut its stuff in sparkling HD. Certainly, it’s a culture clash of some irony – releasing a film famed for its...
 
 
 
 
 
 

I Give It A Year

On paper I Give It A Year looks like your run of the mill British romantic comedy.  From Working Title, the production company that defined the genre with Four Weddings And A Funeral and Notting Hill, you’d be right to assume i...
 
 
 
 
 
 

Billy Liar Review

Oscar winning director John Schlesinger, best known for Midnight Cowboy (1969) had an early triumph in 1963 with Billy Liar, a challenger for the following year’s Dr. Strangelove as the funniest film ever made.  Tom Courtenay s...